Many Seattle residents enjoyed a white Christmas full of snowmen and snowball fights.

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After the Christmas beauty of 2 to 3 inches of snow across the Seattle area — and the magic of snowballs, snowmen and sledding — cold temperatures were setting the stage for a refreeze, and a tricky and possibly treacherous commute. To be sure, slippery roads contributed to a number of crashes over the holiday weekend. But officials were warning that black ice and patchy freezing fog Tuesday morning could prove dangerous.